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    1. Cooperation on rail plans wins praise - MassLive.com

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, said the inclusion of money for high speed rail projects in the stimulus funding that was proposed to jumpstart the economy is an example of an opportunity coming at a time of economic downturn that must not be neglected. Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said improved rail travel in the Northeast can help revitalize the inner cores of older cities, which in turn will make these urban centers more attractive places for jobs and good housing.
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    2. Filter made by Chicopee Engineering Associates had role in rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners | masslive.com

      Filter made by Chicopee Engineering Associates had role in rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners | masslive.com
      CHICOPEE – The rock drill that gnawed its way 2,300 feet into the collapsed Chilean mine and made the rescue of 33 trapped miners possible wouldn’t have worked without a part built in Chicopee. “It is a tremendous sense of satisfaction for all of us. And no one knows it’s from Chicopee,” said David P. Pieciak, president of Chicopee Engineering Associates Inc., a maker of industrial filtration equipment, including the oil/air separator on the Schramm drill rigs used in the rescue.
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    3. Springfield Technical Community College opens new lounge designed for the 250 veterans studying on campus

      Springfield Technical Community College opens new lounge designed for the 250 veterans studying on campus
      So when Springfield Technical Community College opens a new student center next week, it will not just be expanding services for the 250 veterans and service members enrolled on the Armory Square campus. It will be setting a new standard for student lounges everywhere. “The location is like a dream come true,” said Carol M. Mathison, a counselor involved in the five-year search for funding and a space for the project.
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    4. Advanced medical research among the possibilities for Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

      Advanced medical research among the possibilities for Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
      For Gierasch, high performance computing will address the need to do longer simulations of the folding networks of proteins within a cell, to answer why they align in particular ways. The long term goal of such work could lead to limits on human suffering by figuring out the role of proteins, which are linked to certain diseases and about half the human cancers, she said.
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    5. Michael Kittredge III opens Kringle Candle in Bernardston | masslive.com

      Michael Kittredge III opens Kringle Candle in Bernardston | masslive.com
      The new store, housed in the former GBI Marketing building which Kittredge Industries LLC purchased in March for $480,000, is not too far up the road from Yankee Candle in Deerfield which Michael Kittredge II founded and turned into a multi-million dollar business and tourist attraction. He sold the company in 1998 for what Wall Street analysts estimated to be a purchase price of $400 million.
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    6. Cisco Systems outlines public safety communications plan for Holyoke officials

      Despite details to be worked out, Cisco’s program at least will help show how to improve quality of life here for once-leading industrial city that is struggling with poverty and blight but is poised for a rebound, Mayor Elaine A. Pluta said. “We look forward to working with Cisco and our community partners now and in the future to create a one-of-a-kind Holyoke,” Pluta said.
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    7. New England Farm Workers' Council buys home of The Fort and Student Prince Restaurant in Springfield for $2 million

      New England Farm Workers' Council buys home of The Fort and Student Prince Restaurant in Springfield for $2 million
      “We see value in Springfield,” said Heriberto Flores, chairman president and CEO of the New England Farm Workers’ Council. “We’re just making a commitment to the downtown. Also, the Fort is one of the top restaurants in the United States.” Rudi R. Scherff, managing partner of The Fort and Student Prince restaurant said nothing would change and the restaurant itself, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, will remain in the Scherff family. Scherff said he welcomes the opportunity to work with his friend Flores.
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    8. Doing great by doing good: MicroTek's mission succeeds on all fronts

      Doing great by doing good: MicroTek's mission succeeds on all fronts
      MicroTek faces the same challenges as any other firm including global competition, downward pressure on pricing, the need to create strategic alliances and growing the business. The company is a non-profit so it doesn’t have to deliver a high return on investment. But it does have to survive if the company is to continue its mission.
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